Where to go for help in Sth Canty

09:46, Jun 28 2012
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IMPORTANT: South Canterbury emergency contact information.

Everyone in the community has a role to play in preventing suicide, the South Canterbury District Health Board says.

"South Canterbury agencies are working together to build the resilience of the community, but it's also up to all of us to reach out and support each other," the South Canterbury Suicide Prevention Reference Group says in a suicide prevention fact sheet.

The fact sheet provides phone numbers for people to use in both urgent and non-urgent situations, as well as a list of critical and other signs which are common warning signs of suicide.

Where can I get help?

For urgent help:
South Canterbury DHB has a 24-hour/7-day service so people who are at risk of suicide can receive immediate help. This is the first point of contact if you have serious concerns about yourself or someone in the community. The 24/7 phone number is 0800 277 997.

For non-urgent help:
If you or someone you know is not coping, seek help early from a GP or practice nurse. General practitioners can refer you to a confidential early intervention service to help you get depression under control before it becomes a serious problem. There are also many community agencies in South Canterbury offering counselling and support. See page 4 of the Timaru/Oamaru phone book.


What are the four most important things to know about suicide?

1. Suicidal feelings are temporary (but can reoccur).
2. Treatment can help people feel better.
3. It's a sign of strength to ask for help.
4. Help is available and easy to access.


What are common warning signs of suicide?

Critical signs:

Other signs to watch for:

What can lessen the risk of suicide?

The following can act as buffers against suicide and self-harm, and build personal resilience to low mood:

Should we be talking about suicide?

Yes. But research shows there are safe ways and unsafe ways to talk about suicide. The idea that people or the media are not allowed to talk about suicide is a myth.

Safe ways to talk about suicide:

Talking to a depressed person about seeking help does not encourage them to kill themselves.

Unsafe ways to talk about suicide:

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